I’ve been told many times, by many different people, that if I want to be a better writer, there are two things I should do:
Well, the first, I think, needs little explanation or discussion. The second perhaps more. Reading (especially well-written things) can help you learn new strategies for improving your own writing, and give you a better idea of what works, what sells, what’s popular. It’ especially important, they say, to read in your own genre. There are several other reasons but, at least to me, that’s the primary one.
For several years a bit back, I was scarcely reading anything at all – just wasn’t making the time for it! It did NOT help my writing (or my sanity, but that’s another issue!). I’ve since remedied that – thanks at least in part to the Kindle Fire I got for Mother’s Day a year or so ago.
So, what am I reading? Glad you asked.
Daily Devotional: Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary Wilder Tileson – a new devotional for me. Liking it so far
God’s Word: The One Year Chronological Bible NIV – I read through the Bible every year. This is my choice for 2013
The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson – a young adult “Snow White” set in the 14th century. Enjoying it so far.
Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna M. White – I’m a HUGE Roseanna White fan. Just got this one in the mail last week (releases August 1) and LOVING it. Historical romance with spies and everything!
With my 12-year-old son: Double Fudge by Judy Blume. ALL the Fudge books crack me (and my son) up. My first time through this one!
With my 9-year-old daughter: May On The Way: How I Became a K9 Spy by KC Frantzen. Just a few chapters into this one. Starts a bit heavy, but lightens as you come along. Enjoying it so far.
Your turn. What are YOU reading?